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Wendy Kilbourne

Wendy Kilbourne


6/29/1964, Los Angeles, California, USA

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Wendy Kilbourne Read
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Wendy Kilbourne first appeared on television in March 1983 at the age of eighteen, guest appearing in one episode of the 1982 show Matt Houston, a role that she would reprise again next year. Other series of the 80's she appeared in are Dinasty, Knight Rider, Cover Up,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • After her first son was born, Wendy Kilbourne lost a daughter who was to be named Willa after the North and South Book 3 (Heaven and Hell) character.

    • To fit her real life pregnancy, Wendy Kilbourne's character (Devon King) became pregnant in the third season of Midnight Caller (July 1990-August 1991), where she was a series regular.

    • Wendy Kilbourne studied acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) in West London, taking part in productions like As You Like It and Romeo and Juliet.

    • Wendy Kilbourne studied political science at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California.

    • Wendy Kilbourne's maternal grandfather was Noel Langley, who was a writer of classic films screenplays such as The Wizard of Oz and A Christmas Carol.

    • Wendy Kilbourne debuted as an actress at the Shakespearean Theater in Vistalia, founded by her mother, an English artist.

    • Wendy Kilbourne became very close friends with Kirstie Alley and Terri Garber while filming North and South.

    • Since North and South Wendy has taken part in several tv movies and series. However, none of them allowed her to become a big Hollywood star.

    • Wendy Kilbourne is a licensed attorney in California.

    • Following her passion of empowering children to find their fullest potential, Wendy is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Children's Project of Santa Barbara, with the purpose of creating the first boarding school for foster children in Santa Barbara County.

    • Wendy Kilbourne and her husband, James Read, remain in touch with Genie Francis and Jonathan Frakes, who also got acquainted (and later got married) while starring in North and South.

    • Wendy met her husband, actor James Read, while co-starring with him in the trilogy North and South. They got married in 1988, welcomed two children and still live together in California.

    • Wendy's televsion debut was as a guest on the TV series Matt Houston (1983).

    • She has 1 son Jackson (1991), 1 daughter Sydney, 2 dogs Charlie and Hank, and one cat Mable.

  • Quotes

    • (About how to help with her children project)
      Wendy Kilbourne: Any number of things. Find out about how to help foster children in your communities. Become mentors. Look into CASA. (Court Appointed Special Advocates.) Find out who your judges are that make decisions affecting foster youth. Visit our website. Let's make improving foster care outcomes a national priority!

    • (About how she got involved helping out children)
      Wendy Kilbourne: When I was 21 and living in Los Angeles, I volunteered to be a "special friend" to a young foster child. Over the next 12 years, from the time he was 6 until he "aged out" of the foster care system at 18, he was moved 27 times. I learned a lot about the dependency court system through his experiences. I feel so strongly that we as a society must do a better job of raising these children that come into our care. It is this conviction that drove me to law school and ultimately caused me to start the Children's Project.

    • (About the Children's Project of Santa Barbara that she founded)
      Wendy Kilbourne: I started The Children's Project in Santa Barbara County in 2004 with support from a local foundation. The objective was to find a solution to the increasingly problematic outcomes of our county's 600-plus foster children. A steering committee of over forty key public officials (including the Directors of Social Services and Mental Health, and the Presiding Juvenile Judge) and community leaders met regularly to address the issues. As a result of this collaborative planning process, The Children's Project Academy, the nation's first residential charter school for foster youth grades 7-12, was envisioned.

    • (About why she gave up acting)
      Wendy Kilbourne: I decided to go to law school.

    • (About the show Midnight Caller in which she worked)
      Wendy Kilbourne: I cannot imagine a better working situation. We all loved working on that show. The cast, working in San Francisco, the crew... it was so much fun.

    • (About meeting her husband, James Read, while starring in North and South)
      Wendy Kilbourne: We just got very lucky! I knew when I met him that he would be my husband in real life as well as on screen.

    • (About her memories of the stars who made cameos in North and South)
      Wendy Kilbourne: I was only 20 when I did North and South, so I was amazed to be able to work with those icons. Robert Mitchum in particular was such a delight... playing his daughter was a career highlight.

    • (About how he got started in her acting career)
      Wendy Kilbourne: I was involved in youth theater groups growing up in Orange County, but my first paid job was a small part on Three's Company when I was 17. I then did numerous guest-star parts on all those 80's shows (Dynasty, Knight Rider, RipTide, A-Team) before being cast in North & South.